Announcing Patrick's Cabaret's 2017 Fall Season Programming

MINNEAPOLIS - After 15 months in its new mobile iteration, Patrick's Cabaret announces the next season's lineup. 
Unofficially kicked off August 4th - 12th with well-received performances of "Wait...Didn't Patrick's Cabaret Close?" at Intermedia Arts as part the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the 2017 Fall Season lineup answers that query with a bold and steady response: We're just getting started! 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH at 7:30 PM at Pinwheel Arts
Join Cabaret Artists for a lively potluck dinner at Pinwheel Arts on Thursday, August 24th from 7:30-9:00 PM! It's your chance to eat, be merry, and kick off the fall season with some of Patrick's Cabaret's most esteemed and outgoing performers. If possible, bring a dish, and if not, bring your curiosity and support for Patrick's Cabaret!
What: Season Kick Off Potluck!
When: August 24th at 7:30 PM
Where: Pinwheel Arts - 2731 East 25th Street, Minneapolis MN, 55406
Cabaret Events:
The cornerstone of our programming is the "Cabaret" formula Patrick Scully started over 30 years ago in 1986: multiple artists under a shared bill presenting their own new and experimental work. Each show, typically consisting of six acts by independent artists, is designed to offer a mix of artistic disciplines, experience levels, and creative viewpoints.

Patrick's Cabaret is pleased to announce the selection of four curatorial teams (seven Curators total) for the 2017 Fall Season. Each curatorial team, representing some of the most unique voices in community-driven performance, develops and produces their own cabaret-style event, stretching their creative leadership and inspiring their communities of practice.

September 8-9 at 7:30 PM
Open Eye Figure Theatre
Curated by Judoka Pop (Eric Tu)
Judoka Pop (spoken word artist Eric Tu) curates "Taboo Tongues"-- a multi-disciplinary cabaret featuring queer artists and artists on the edge of culture exploring cultural taboos. On the surface, taboos can seem to be mutually exclusive from culture to culture, but in this multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary cabaret, everyone is invited to explore what happens when we learn about our backgrounds by uncovering their prohibitions. Explore the ways in which the most sacred of sins echo beyond the stage, and embrace the forbidden across cultures.
October 5-7 at 7:30 PM
Intermedia Arts
Named for the practice of intentionally setting fire to a prairie to promote new growth, Controlled Burn is a cabaret mini-festival featuring "queer performance for a world on fire." An intersectional space for queer performers, especially artists of color and with disabilities. Curated by three fiercely talented queer artists of color, this special three-night event will feature 18 acts, with a different line-up each evening.
November 17-18 at 7:30 PM
Pangea World Theater Studio
Curated by Nikki Abramson
CabarABLE is Patrick's Cabaret's annual show featuring artists with disabilities, and 2017 will mark the fourth year we will have hosted this event. Previous years' themes included "Love," "Work," and "Rights/Responsibilities." 
December TBA
Location TBA
Curated by Baby Patê (Gelli Spinelli & Christian Balden)
An annual event about the desperation, awkwardness, and hindsight-only humor that plagues the holiday season. Typically this event has a focus on being light-hearted and humorous, but has had some sincere and even actually horrifying pieces. This event has previously included artists from multiple faiths (including no faith). Curatorial team Baby Patê, made up a duo known for their radical queer underground parties, will bring a wholly new, probably wholly unholy, take on the horror of the holidays.
Raw Material:
A regular series pairing three diverse and dynamic artists to present and workshop works-in-progress. Previously known as The Calof Series, Raw Material will be hosted by Pinwheel Arts for the 2017 Fall Season. All performances are curated by Scott Artley.

All events presented on select Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM at Pinwheel Arts.
September 28th*
October 26th*
November 30th*
*Artists to be announced at a later date
Other Non-Performance Programs:
Supported by grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board, we are in the midst of producing the first iteration of our new Teaching Artist Residency program. For 30 years, Patrick's Cabaret has helped artists tell their stories in a welcoming, supportive, and transformative environment. We continue that work by offering customized workshops and residencies with organizations, growing new art and new artists directly in our community.

Teaching Artist Residencies are carefully designed to help participants find and hone their creative voices in their own spaces and on their own terms. We work closely with organizations to develop a custom residency format to meet the community's learning and social goals, and put artists from the Cabaret's artist network to work on shaping the experience together. Current projects include work with LGBTQ youth and adults living with HIV. Artists interested in learning how they might participate should stay tuned to our Calls for Performers page.
In the 2017 Fall Season, we continue our work with the LGBTQ youth program MN Q Youth, and the Aliveness Project, an HIV health and human services provider. Teaching Artists include:
MN Q Youth - Nicole M. Smith & Sonic Rain
For further information or accompanying media, please contact:
Scott Artley, Executive Artistic Director
Phone: (612) 724-6273